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The Mai-Kai cocktail guide

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Mai-Kai cocktail guide
The Atomic Grog reviews and rates more than 50 of The Mai-Kai's amazing tropical drinks
from the current menu plus reveals many lost classics. Add your comments and ratings, plus check out more than 80 authentic, ancestor and tribute recipes.

The Mai-Kai unveils new menu
The Mai-Kai's 2014 tropical drink menu
The first major redesign of the Tiki palace's iconic cocktail menu
in more than 30 years was announced at a customer celebration party that also recognized the restaurant's recent historic designation.

Behind the bar

Review: Ice sphere molds
Home mixologists can get crafty with ice molds, modern cocktails
Take 5 with Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cove We put two new products to the test, proving that you don't need to be an ice sculptor to join the craft cocktail bandwagon. Plus: A bonus recipe for a new orginal concoction.

Take 5 with Martin Cate
Q&A with rum cocktail maestro
Take 5 with Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cove The owner of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco talks about his favorite drinks, a possible future project and why every city should have a great Tiki bar. Plus, bonus recipes for two of his most acclaimed cocktails.

99 bottles of rum on the wall
Rating the top cane spirits
99 bottles of rum on the wall The Atomic Grog recently reached a landmark by acquiring a 99th bottle of rum. The occasion provided even more reason to literally take stock of this booty.
Check out our Top 50 ratings

Restaurants, nightlife

Dada in Delray Beach embraces rum with new cocktail menu
Cocktails at Dada in Delray Beach This eclectic eatery offers a unique experience in South Florida, elevated just a notch higher by the new rums and cocktails.
Review: A Taste Of ... Dada

Innovative watering holes fuel rise of craft cocktails
Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Boynton Beach The craft cocktail scene in Palm Beach County has come a long way in a very short time. From Sweetwater Bar & Grill to Kapow! Noodle Bar to Hullabaloo, there are many choices for wildly creative adult beverages that didn't exist just five years ago.

Hullabaloo jazzes up Clematis Street with inventive cocktails
Hullabaloo A preview party for the new gastropub and craft cocktail bar in downtown West Palm Beach was the scene of controlled chaos as bartenders, chefs, and staff kept the high-quality food and drinks flowing nonstop.
Take 5 interview: Rodney Mayo

Sweetwater introduces new cocktails, huge spirits menu
One of South Florida's premiere spots for craft cocktails has raised the bar again with the debut of some long-awaited new concoctions plus a monster spirits menu that runs a whopping 70 pages.

REVIEW: Sweetwater Bar & Grill
A shining beacon of light in a food and drink wasteland
Sweetwater Bar & Grill
This dark and mysterious speakeasy has with little fanfare become the area's preeminent hidden gem for inventive adult beverages, plus gastropub-style food that's just as decadent and delicious.


Need a punch recipe for 200? The Rum Rat Pack has it covered
Martin Cate's Punch The experts at The Hukilau's 'Rumposium' showed us how to fill a bowl with 630 ounces of deliciousness (including 240 ounces of rum) with style and flair.

Miami mixologist shows how to jazz up your tired old cocktails
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Freddy Diaz of AlambiQ Mixology demonstrated a few tricks (and recipes) with exotic liqueurs Cherry Heering and Xanté pear liqueur at a cocktail seminar at the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Culture & travel

The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Stretching the limits
of the imagination

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is a surreal experience in its own right.
Mermaids alive, well at Weeki Wachee

Take 5
Artist Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli

Special event
The Hukilau, June 11-15

The Hukilau 2014

Never-say-die Tiki event announces return in 2015
The Hukilau 2014 The Hukilau, the East Coast's flagship event celebrating mid-century Polynesian Pop culture, has that this year's event will not be its last after all.

New band, symposium added
The Sweet Hollywaiians The annual Tiki event in Fort Lauderdale is getting an injection of new entertainment to add even more value (and fun) to the festivities.

Schedule announced for June
The Intoxicators With the full schedule posted on the official website, take a closer look at the highlights of the five days of paradise in America’s vacationland.

Lineup set for Tiki weekender
Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid The Hukilau's entertainment lineup features The Left Arm of Buddha, The Smokin' Menehunes, The Intoxicators, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, Jeff "Beachbum" Berry and much more.

Photos and memories from 2013 Ìxtahuele at The Hukilau 2013
From the Disasternauts to Ìxtahuele,
from the Wild West Indies to lost cocktails at The Mai-Kai, check out The Atomic Grog's Top 10 memories from The Hukilau.
Full coverage of The Hukilau 2013

Retro culture
Walt Disney World

A journey back in time uncovers author's 'Disney side'
Walt Disney World's Main Street U.S.A. My first visit to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando was in 1972, but it wasn't until decades later that events conspired to make me a fan for life.
Retro Disney World
Artists shine at 40th birthday party
Disney World is still cool at 40

Recent event
Hulaween 2013 at The Mai-Kai

Skinny Jimmy & the Stingrays raise hell at The Mai-Kai
Skinny Jimmy & the Stingrays raise hell at The Mai-Kai Browse photos from the fifth annual Halloween party in The Molokai lounge at The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, featuring Skinny Jimmy & the Stingrays, a costume contest and more.

Tiki culture
Plastic Paradise: A Swingin' Trip Through America's Polynesian Obsession

PBS stations say aloha to long-awaited documentary
Plastic Paradise Filmed at The Mai-Kai and The Hukilau and produced by Miami's award-winning commercial and documentary filmmakers Common Machine, Plastic Paradise has been released to PBS affiliates nationwide.
Mini Mystery Bowl: Scaled-down version of a classic
6 ways to celebrate Tiki all year long


South Florida scene: Gold Dust Lounge
Band kick starts new album with online fund-raising campaign
Gold Dust Lounge's Lost Sunset) With a goal of raising $15,000, Miami's Russell Mofsky turned to crowd-funding Web site Kickstarter to fund the upcoming album from his retro-inspired band, Gold Dust Lounge. The gutsy move by this former DIY punk-rocker was a rousing success.

Concert photos
Laramie Dean and Jimmy Dale
Laramie Dean and Jimmy Dale The summer tour featuring surf guitarist Laramie Dean and drummer Jimmy Dale made three stops in South Florida in July, including shows at Churchill's in Miami and The Mai-Kai's Molokai bar (above). See photos from both concerts.
Interview with Laramie Dean

Album review
Los Straitjackets soar again with the release of 'Jet Set'
Los Straitjackets Those masked marvels of instrumental rock have launched a high-flying comeback after being dealt a paralyzing blow that would have pinned lesser bands. Jet Set is perhaps the band's best release ever.

Florida at forefront of surf rock's contemporary renaissance
Surfing Florida: A Photographic History Since it's birth in the early 1960s, surf music seems to arrive in waves every 15 years. And just as Florida surfers have played second fiddle to California, so have the Sunshine State's surf bands. But it's surely not due to lack of talent or effort.

Eclectic podcasts broadcast the soundtrack to the Tiki revival
The Atomic Grog's favorite podcasts
Sorting through 50 years of exotic and underground music can be daunting. Luckily, we have very capable podcasters to do the work for us.

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Upcoming events

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival
Think you know rum? Step up your game with tastings, seminars, cocktail events
2013 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival The real treasure of the sixth annual event – which kicks off with a test run of Miami Rum Festival Cocktail Week and culminates with three days of "grand tastings" attended by up to 15,000 – is the wealth of opportunities to meet and learn from the world's foremost rum experts.
Previous: Six reasons to look forward to the sixth annual Miami Rum Fest
2013 recap: Fest showcases never-ending variety of rums

Ian Burrell Take 5
5 questions with ...

Ian Burrell, the global ambassador of rum
There's nobody better suited to represent rum than the globe-trotting Ian "Rum Ambassador" Burrell, a UK native of Jamaican descent who seems to have the fun and lively spirit running through his veins. He's back for the 2014 Miami Rum Festival and presenting a seminar on Tiki cocktails.

SunFest in West Palm Beach
Dick Dale: The most interesting man in rock 'n' roll
Dick Dale at Grand Central in Miami on April 25, 2013 The seemingly indestructible rock 'n' roll legend, known by most as the "King of the Surf Guitar," will be making his SunFest debut this year at age 77 on Wednesday, April 30.
March 2013 interview, photos:
'I had both feet in the grave'

Walt Disney World's Polynesian Resort

Refurb schedule announced, but no word on Trader Sam’s
Disney's Polynesian Resort With construction on the 42-year-old iconic hotel's timeshare additions in full swing, work appears to be moving forward on the resort's nerve center, the Great Ceremonial House.
Previous stories
Trader Sam's could be key part of Polynesian Resort refurb
Many changes likely coming to Polynesian Resort

Culture & cocktails
Beachbum Berry book release

A cruise back to the birthplace of Tiki cocktails
Potions of the Caribbean Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them, the sixth and most epic of Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's tropical drink recipe and history books, is being savored to the last drop by a growing legion of fans.

Take 5
5 questions with ...

Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry, Tiki cocktail historian extraordinaire
Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry We caught up with the author in his natural habitat (The Mai-Kai gardens) and got his take on time travel, his upcoming book, and his most loved (and loathed) drinks.

Book review
Professor Cocktail's Zombie Horde

Zombies regaining critical mass: Book features 86 deadly recipes
Professor Cocktail's Zombie Horde Zombie Horde takes the recipes from some of the world's best bartenders and mixologists from the Zombie's sordid 80-year history and packages them into an easy-read, easy-to-use resource. Our review features recipes, history, analysis, a "Zombie face-off" and more.
Devotees keep Zombie alive

Mai Tiki gallery closing

Gallery founded by the late Tiki carver Wayne Coombs bids adieu Wayne Coombs A year after the tragic death of artist and famed Tiki carver Wayne Coombs, his Mai Tiki gallery in Cocoa Beach is closing.
Wayne Coombs of Mai Tiki dies at 62

Art & culture
Enchanted Tiki Room 50th anniversary

Parties, merchandise celebrate 50 years of enchantment
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room 50th anniversary Disney pulled out all the stops for the the iconic attraction's birthday, hosting special events and releasing a dizzying selection of special merchandise.
Massive Shag volcano bowl released

Walt Disney World

30 great ways to celebrate
30 years of Epcot magic

Epcot's 30th anniversary Here are The Atomic Grog's favorite things to do at this eclectic combination of futuristic playground and food and beverage smorgasbord.

Modern Retro Disney World
Enchanted Tiki Room still charms, inspires
Walt Disney World's Enchanted Tiki Room Keeping Walt Disney's vision alive since 1971, this landmark theme park attraction received a welcome refurbishment in 2011 that heralded the return of the vintage show that pays tribute to the original Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland.

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